From The Gazette:
Each year thousands of Iowans rush to the emergency room in need of care. And doctors say that nine times out of 10, patients arrive with a gathering of concerned family or friends.
Once banned from the treatment area for fear they might hinder care, today family members more often than not are allowed to be with their loved ones during the traumatic experience.
“We don’t have a set policy,” said Dr. Stephen Schekel, medical director of the Emergency Care Unit at Mercy Iowa City, “but our unwritten policy is that family members are certainly allowed to come back into rooms with patients.”
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